Military veterans can face a host of health concerns upon returning from service, from chronic pain related to physical injuries to emotional and psychological issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
It's well-established that massage therapy can help reduce stress and depression, as well as help manage pain. It's no surprise then that massage therapy can be beneficial to military veterans and the unique challenges they might face. Share with a veteran who could benefit from this information in honor of Veterans Day!
Achieve greater mind-body awareness, reduced pain
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by the intrusive re-experiencing of trauma, avoidance and emotional numbing and hyperarousal of the sympathetic nervous system. A study on female veterans shows massage therapy can have positive benefits by reducing pain and promoting greater awareness of the mind-body connection.
reports that military veterans indicated significant reductions in ratings of anxiety, worry, depression and physical pain after massage therapy. Analysis also suggests declining levels of tension and irritability following massage.